• God Personified

    Let a Sleeping God lie
    Let a Sleeping God lie

    Why is it that the Christian God is supposed to be all-powerful and yet it took him a full 6 days to create the world? Shouldn’t he have been able to do it with a snap of his metaphysical fingers? Any real self-respecting deity should be able to think it and it happens instantly. And while we are at it, if God is so all-powerful, why does he have to rest on the seventh day? Humans need rest, not deities. It’s almost as if someone just made God up by using their own human experiences as a guide.

    The people who created god have simply personified nature and since people need rest, a personified deity would naturally need rest too. In the ancient world, deities like Zeus lived on Mount Olympus and deities like Odin lived in Valhalla. So where does Yahweh live? Heaven of course. But deities don’t really need to live anywhere, right? I mean aren’t all-powerful deity supposed to be everywhere?

    As you can see, Yahweh, like all the other gods before him, are all personifications. Ancient people who couldn’t understand the world used these deities as an attempt to explain the world they couldn’t understand. They created elaborate stories and gave their deity of choice personalities based on human stories and human personalities. That is why God is a jealous God, a vengeful God, a wrathful God, a Just God, etc. These are all human traits. The war in Heaven is based off wars on Earth. Deities don’t need to fight wars and if they did, they would win instantly — not stretch it out for thousands of years with elaborate schemes of impregnating virgins. Humans have sons, deities live forever and always were and always will be, so how can they give birth to a divine child?

    These are ancient stories told to explain what was unexplainable. Now science can explain much of what was unexplainable and so now God is forced to fill the gaps. However, even though science can’t explain everything we should be mature enough as a race to simply say that we don’t know the answers to all the questions without the need to make up answers with stories of divine intrigue. A deity is no longer even needed to fill the gaps as long as we are mature enough to accept the gaps and curious enough to attempt to fill those gaps through the continued exploration of science and philosophy.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.

    4 comments

    1. If you want to add more human characteristics that have been attributed to Yahweh:

      God gets angry or jealous. Numerous OT stories.
      God has a face Exodus 33:20
      God has hands and fingers Exodus 31:18
      God has feet Exodus 24:10
      God has a nose Gen 8:21
      God has a backside Exodus 33:23
      He has bowels and a heart Jeremiah 4:19
      God has male sexual organs Ezekiel 1:27 (delicately translated as “loins”)
      God sits on a throne Psalm 11:4
      God is fearful of human competition Gen 3:22
      God used a chariot for transportation II Kings 2:11
      God is extremely powerful, but not omnipotent. He gets tired Gen 2:1 and Exodus 31:17
      God is wise but not omniscient I Kings 22:20 and Isaiah 6:3
      God has to test people to find out if they are good Gen 22

    2. And yet, more than half (51% +) of the world’s population is a witness to God’s existence.

      The facts must be hard for you to handle.

      Atheism is 400 years old.
      Atheists spend more time criticizing religion and faith, instead of doing what ATHEISM is supposed to do: Not discuss theism. And yet, here they are, blabbing about theism.

      For Canadians, its Eh-theism.

      1. Fallacy by popularity.
        Atheism is only 400 years old???? I don’t know where that came from, but it is 1. irrelevant and 2. not even remotely true. Atheism is the lack of belief in deities and people lacked belief before they believed.
        The holy book of atheism doesn’t say that atheists shouldn’t discuss theism. Do you know why? Because there is no holy book of atheism. Theism is a threat to human happiness, human progress, and human survival on this planet. So why shouldn’t we talk about it and criticize it? When a math student says that 1+1=5, the math teacher should correct them. It doesn’t make him or her a hypocrite because they are criticizing the wrong answer. It makes them a math teacher.

    3. 1st a disclaimer – I’m a Christian.

      Since this article started with the creation in Genesis I will also begin there but first I want you to know that I am not going to try and proof that God exist, because you can’t and honestly why would I, faith is believing something without needing proof. We put faith into all kinds of things, like I have faith that my wife loves me and I am sure that you do to.

      The author mentions the 6-day creation day story from Genesis and why it took God 6 days to create the universe instead of snapping his fingers. First I am not going to argue how long it took God to make the universe. But again the Bible is taken literally and putting are concept of time from America in the year 2017 instead of trying to consider the concept of time of the people who lived 3,000 years ago. And why is the 6-day creation story always argued over what about the other creation story where man was created first and not last as in the 6-day story. I think people try to use this book as a science or history textbook which it was never intended to be. Biblical scholars believe that it was originally a song. Knowing the history, culture and customs of the time of a particular book will shed great light. I don’t take the creation story literally so why can’t you? It read it for what it is a beautiful story or song that was meant to distinguish the Jewish God from every other god.

      One cannot forget that the Bible is a large set of “books” that were put together over thousands of years and depending on which bible you pick up it is either has 66 or 73 books and some have more. the Bible didn’t just fall from the sky the way it is, but that’s obvious by the differences in the number of books, it took over 1000 years for that to happen. The term book does not in my opinion accurately describe the Bible. There are books in the Bible for sure but also poems, songs, and letters that have been passed down from generation to generation. The original Bible is quite different than anything that can be bought today. The text contained no spaces between words, for example the Bible was written like this: loveisnowhere, how do you read that? Also the original Bible did not contain verses or chapters or any other grammatical structure. I personally wish that verses where never added, that would really change things, to many times Christians throw verses around to justify their own beliefs without putting the verse in to context, understanding who the intended audience is (certainly not us), the culture and customs of the time without ever thinking that their view may be wrong or the way we see the world is completely different than the way the 1st century Christians perceived the world.

      I will be the first to admit that I don’t know everything, and I don’t need to know everything. A lot of what is being argued today regarding religion in general where never given a second thought in the 1st century world.

      Too much focus is placed on what the Bible says instead of what it means. Maybe one day we will learn to get along with one another maybe, God forbid, love one another. Look at what the purpose of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and any other world religion is. When you look at the 1 overarching belief in ANY religion you will find that it is to care for and love one another not tear each other down. So my question is, why does it matter that I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and because of my faith and good works that when I die that I will go to, be in, or any other state in Heaven. And why as a Christian, who believes that there is something better after this world when we die, why would I not want to share that with you.
      As Penn Teller says “If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

      We just treated everybody with love and kindness, help those who are needy, and share are beliefs when asked then maybe we will start living a life that Jesus has called us to live.

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